Winkler County Memorial Hospital, Kermit, Texas, has hired a replacement for a physician who left the hospital after being indicted for alleged retaliation against two whistle-blowing nurses.
Hospital in nurse whistle-blower case hires new medical director
Winkler County hired Dr. Stan Selby as its new medical director, according to a news release from Preferred Management Corp., the Shawnee, Okla., company hired to run the 19-bed hospital. Selby, who is relocating from Abilene, Texas, where he works in private practice, had worked as a substitute doctor in Winkler County's emergency room.
Winkler County is still looking to hire an administrator. Also hired were nurse practitioner Amanda Darling, 54, and physician assistant Michelle Macfarlane, 27. Selby, 55, and Macfarlane are scheduled to start June 1; Darling is scheduled to start June 6.
Selby replaces Dr. Rolando Arafiles, one of four people indicted in January by a county grand jury over the alleged retaliation against the nurses. The nurses had sent an anonymous letter to the state medical board over concerns that Arafiles was endangering patients, but they were later charged with a felony count of misusing government information and fired by the hospital. The nurses won a $750,000 related judgment from the county. Stan Wiley, former hospital administrator of Winkler County, pleaded guilty in March to abuse of official capacity for his role in the firings.
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